Lake 2 Marysville 0
Following this team on a game-to-game basis it is usually difficult to single out one player as player of the game. With so much talent on the field, usually there are at least three or four players to choose from. On Friday April 13. I didn’t have that problem.
Alex Koeplin dominated a strong hitting Marysville squad with twelve strikeouts, while throwing a complete game shutout. Koeplin scattered four hits and held the Tomahawks scoreless while running his season record to 4-0 and lowering his earned run average to a very impressive 0.56.
The Vikings finally broke through for two runs in the fifth with no hits. After a one out walk to third baseman Wade Curtis, coach Rodger Anderson decided to play for one run. He called for Jake Nelson to lay down a sacrifice bunt, hoping to move Curtis into scoring position with Dylan LaVelle coming to the plate.
Nelson got the bunt down and the pitcher’s throw to first to get him sailed down the right field line, moving runners to second and third base. After a wild pitch scored Curtis, LaVelle hit a sacrifice fly to score Nelson, who had advanced to third, to give Koeplin all the runs he would need.
With the victory Lake Stevens opened a two game lead on Marysville in the Wesco North standings and a three game lead on Snohomish, in its quest for a league championship.
Lake 14 Marysville 7
A good crowd showed up Tuesday, April 17 to watch the final game of a three game series between the number one ranked Lake Stevens Vikings and the tenth ranked Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks. They were probably expecting another low scoring, tightly contested ball game. Instead they saw Lake pound out 16 hits and some sloppy defense by both teams.
Lake scored in the first with a lead-off double by Wade Curtis, followed by two errors and an RBI single by Anthony Blackie to make the score 2-0. They followed with six runs in the second, highlighted by back to back two-run doubles by Curtis and Jake Nelson for a 8-0 lead.
Marysville came back with four runs in the third to chase starting pitcher Branden Kelliher from the game. Kyle Cho came in and got out of a jam of his own with a bases loaded strikeout to end the inning and preserve a 8-4 lead. In the fourth M-P made it 8-6 with the help of two Viking errors, two base on balls and a hit batter.
Lake responded with one run in the fourth on a RBI double by Alex Koeplin to score Christian Shouman who had also doubled. In the fifth they tacked on four more with a double by Lavelle to score Nelson, who had led off with a walk, a RBI single by Blackie and two run bomb (HR) by Shouman, to give the Vikings breathing room once again at 13-6.
While Cho got the victory with three innings in relief, Kevin Lanto came in and pitched the sixth and seventh innings, giving up one run, to secure Lake’s fourteenth victory without a loss on the year.
All but one starter had at least one hit in the Viking line-up, led by Blackie (4-4 4 RBI), Shouman (3-4 3 RBI) and Curtis (3-4 2-2B).